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Call for Feedback: How-To Note on the Use of ICT for Improved Transparency in Bank-financed Projects

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Review this new draft document and submit your feedback in the comments section!

The Open Development Technology Alliance (ODTA), in collaboration with the World Bank's OPCS' Governance and Anticorruption Team (GAC) and the Social Development Network (SDV), is holding a consultation period to invite feedback on four short How-To reports. These draft papers explore the role information and communication technologies (ICTs) can play to enhance governance, strengthen social accountability mechanism and ultimately improve development outcomes.

You are invited to download and review the How-To Note "Using Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to Improve Transparency in Bank-Financed Projects" and submit your feedback in the comments section below.

Using ICTs to Improve Transparency in Bank-Financed Projects

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About the note: Recent years have seen an push for increased government transparency. At the same time, ICTs have spread rapidly and now connect some of the most remote locations with the rest of the world. The combination of these two trends creates significant opportunities for project teams and government counterparts to improve transparency and governance in their projects. The purpose of this note is to familiarize readers with the basic aspects of access to information (AI) and ICT and to provide hands-on suggestions and examples on how to implement eTransparency measures in projects and beyond. 

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Submitted by Hal Z Zhao on

Submitted by Josh Waterman on
This paper is an excellent piece of work and well-structured. I am working for a startup NPO in Maryland. This is very useful for us. By the way, I am not sure whether this would be only for an internal consultation inside the Bank. However, if acronyms and Bank's abbreviations must be used, it would be better to ensure that they are cleary understood by typical users and defined on the page. Congratulation on your great job.

Submitted by Stephan Eggli on
Dear Josh Thank you for your feedback. This is an external review, and feedback like yours will help us to make the paper more useful to non-Bank readers. Your point is well taken, and we will try to replace acronyms and "Bankese" when finalizing the note. Any other feedback you may have would be greatly appreciated. Thank you again for your comment, Stephan

Submitted by Reginalt Kipkemei on
ICT will bring a lot of change on the ground where the funds have been allocated,there will be no mismanagement.Because those who manage will have fear of being reported to the authorities.Reporting the thieves will come from any corner even if they bribe.So development will grow faster.

Submitted by Abongta S Moncha on
I strongly think that ICT offers a breath of techniques and opportunities to take advantage of in halting corruption or in improving transparency in bank-financed projects. Using a combination of systems or solutions can effectively improve transparency for example using a barcode system in the provision of primary healthcare services in the developing world can almost completely halt corrupt practices such as over billing and the sales of parallel drugs or behind the counter payments. I am willing and available to discuss this further.

Submitted by Stephan Eggli on
Dear Abongta Thank you for your feedback. You raise a very interesting point - I came across a number of innovative uses of barcode systems, i.e. in the forestry or health sector. At the same time, such use of barcodes seemed to focus on monitoring/oversight and less so on transparency. I would very much appreciate if you could post links on innovative uses of barcodes for improved transparency. Barcodes certainly hold a lot of untapped potential when it comes to making projects more transparent. Many thanks Stephan

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